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Re: [HM] Fermat's Last Theorem
Posted:
Jan 7, 2001 3:23 PM


On 06Jan01 16:27:25 Tony Maric wrote:
> he would have needed some knowledge of elliptic curves.
In Robert Kanigal's biography of Ramanujan,'The Man Who Knew Infinity', ISBN 0549104522, pps.2012, Kanigal wrote, "Others, on elliptic integrals, were given by Arthur Berry ... Ramanujan stood, went to the blackboard, took the chalk and wrote down results Berry had not yet proved". This suggests (to me) that Ramanujan was already familiar with elliptic curves.
bob(mc)



